Tuesday, November 22, 2005

The Wanting

Xbox 360 launched today, and Com$tock wants it. Mrs. Com$tock thinks $399 is a lot to pay for a videogame system, and she is right. But, damn, that thing looks fine.

I even entertained fantasies of dragging myself out with all the other dorks last night to buy it at midnight. But it was cold and rainy in Com$tock land, so F that. It made a comforting excuse, at least. See, self, no need to feel left out, you simply don't want to stand half the night in the rain.

In the cold, rainy light of dawn, I was able to think a little more critically. First, watching the morning news and seeing coverage of all the tools who did stand out in line to buy something made me feel slightly superior for not being such a consumer. Second, four hundred bucks is a lot to pay for videogames (plus the $50 to $60 for each game).

But I know I'll cave eventually. Some series of seriously kick-ass games will come out and I'll get that familiar consumerist itch, which is really more like an obsession. And I'll hear so much about it I'll start to feel like I did when I was in middle school and I had to wait months before I could get a fashionable Banana Republic t-shirt from the mall (thank God a punk phase came quickly on the heels of that to shake me out of my sheepish stupor).

But the questions remain: Do I even want to escape the herd when it comes to video games? Will Mrs. Com$tock tolerate yet another game machine? Will I be able to at least hold out until a price drop? Stay tuned.


Saturday, November 19, 2005

Materialistic Materialist

Philosophically, I'm a materialist of the no-qualms variety. I'm also rather materialistic, but I feel kinda conflicted about that one, which I suppose is one reason for the title of this blog. Among the material things I most covet are video games. I can now covet them with in-your-face style thanks to Sony. Check out what Com$tock wants for Christmas here. I want to rock Guitar Hero harder than LL Cool J rocks bells.


Friday, November 18, 2005

If Darwin is everywhere, is he in the toilet?

I usually like to avoid the deification of Darwin because I think it gives creationists ammunition for their silly arguments that evolutionary science is simply a materialistic religion in competition with their sky-god worship. But this news is too good to resist. According to a post over at Pandas Thumb, Darwin's visage has appeared in a frying pan. Take THAT, Catholics!


Thursday, November 17, 2005

First post

I'm a bad diary keeper. Who knows if I can keep this up. Maybe I'll discover that a blogger blog is not punk enough for me. In any case expect at least a bit more about biology, video games, and the media to appear here.